Chattanooga Area Veterans Council Hosts Veterans Day Activities

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Chattanooga Area Veterans Council will conduct a program hosted by DAV Chapter 6, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, on Friday, Veterans Day. 

The musical prelude starts at 10:30 a.m. with the program at 11 a.m.  

The CAVC will also host a Veteran Salute and Information Fair at the Chattanooga National Guard Armory, 1801 South Holtzclaw Ave.  It will be from 1-5 p.m.

November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I, the war to end all wars, hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. 

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on Oct. 8, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: 

"In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."



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